Book List made at beginning of my research

from my Tolkien Bibliography compilation.

June 26, 2005


Algeo, John. “The Toponymy of Middle-earth.” Names 33 (1985): 80–95.

Allen, Elizabeth M. “Persian Influences in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings,” in The Transcendent Adventure: Studies of Religion in Science Fiction/Fantasy, ed. Robert Reilly. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood, 1985, 189–206.


Bratman, David. “Top Ten Rejected Plot Twists from The Lord of the Rings: A Textual excursion into the ‘History of The Lord of the Rings’.” Mythlore 86, 22.4(2000): 13–38.

Bratman, David. “The Literary Value of The History of Middle-earth,” in Tolkien’s ‘Legendarium’, ed. Flieger and Hostetter, 69–91.


Coombs, Jenny Marc Read. “A Physics of Middle-earth,” in Proceedings of the J. R. R. Tolkien Centenary Conference, ed. Reynolds and GoodKnight,323–29.

Coulombe, Charles A. “Hermetic Imagination: The Effect of The Golden Dawn on Fantasy Literature,” in Proceedings of the J. R. R. Tolkien CentenaryConference, ed. Reynolds and GoodKnight, 345–355.


Curry, Patrick. Defending Middle-earth: Tolkien, Myth, and Modernity. New York: St. Martin’s, 1997.

Doyle, H. M. “The Engineers from Hell.” Australian Folklore 10 (1995): 156–59.

Duriez, Colin. The Tolkien and Middle-earth Handbook. Eastbourne: Monarch,1992.

Egan, Thomas M. “The Silmarillion and the Rise of Evil: The Birth Pains of Middle-earth.” Seven 6 (1985): 79–85.

Flieger, Verlyn and Carl F. Hostetter, eds. Tolkien’s ‘Legendarium’: Essays on the History of Middle-earth. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood, 2000.

Goedhals, J. B. “From Bloemfontein to Bag End: A Tribute to J. R. R. Tolkien.” Unisa English Studies 30 (1992): 33–34.


Grushetskiy, Vladimir. “How Russians See Tolkien,” in Proceedings of the J. R. R. Tolkien Centenary Conference, ed. Reynolds and GoodKnight, 221–25.

Hammond, Wayne G and Christina Scull. “The History of Middle-earth.” Seven 12 (1995): 105–110.

Hammond, Wayne G and Christina Scull. “J. R. R. Tolkien: The Achievement of His Literary Life.” Mythlore 85, 22.3 (1999): 27–37.

Harvey, David. The Song of Middle-earth: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Themes, Symbols and Myth. London: Unwin, 1985.


Honegger, Thomas, ed. Root and Branch — Approaches Towards Understanding Tolkien. Zurich and Berne: Walking Tree, 1999.

Johnson, Judith A. J. R. R. Tolkien: Six Decades of Criticism. Bibliographies and Indexes in World Literature 6. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press,1986.

Jonsson, A. Tolkien Bibliography 1911–1980: Writings by and about J. R. R. Tolkien. Tredje Upplagen, 1986.

Lawhead, Stephen R. “J. R. R. Tolkien: Master of Middle-earth,” in Reality and the Vision, ed. Philip Yancey. Dallas: Word, 1990, 28–38.

Little, Edmund. The Fantasts: Studies in J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis Caroll, Mervyn Peake, Nikolay Gogol and Kenneth Grahame. Amersham: Avebury,1984.

Monteiro, Maria do Rosario. “Numenor: Tolkien’s Literary Utopia.” History of European Ideas 16 (1993): 633–38.

Moseley, Charles. J. R. R. Tolkien. Plymouth: Northcote House, 1997.

Neimark, Anne E. Mythmaker: J. R. R. Tolkien. New York: Harcourt, 1996.

Niiler, Lucas P. “Green Reading: Tolkien, Leopold, and the Land Ethic.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 10 (1999): 276–85.

Orr, Robert. “Some Slavic Echoes in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.” Germano-Slavica 8 (1994): 23–34.

Pearce, Joseph. Tolkien: Man and Myth. A Literary Life. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1998.

Reynolds, Patricia and Glen GoodKnight, eds. Proceedings of the J. R. R. Tolkien Centenary Conference 1992: Proceedings of the Conference Held at Keble College, Oxford, England, 17th-24th August 1992 to Celebrate the Centenary of the Birth of Professor J. R. R. Tolkien, Incorporating the 23rd Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon XXIII) and Oxenmoot 1992. Milton Keynes: Tolkien Society, 1996.

Rosebury, Brian. Tolkien: A Critical Assessment. London: Macmillan, 1992.

Ryan, J. S. “Oath-Swearing, the Stone of Erech and the Near East of the AncientWorld.” Inklings: Jahrbuch fu/r Literatur und Asthetik 4 (1986): 107–121.

Sandner, David. “ ‘Joy Beyond the Walls of the World’: The Secondary World-Making of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis,” in J. R. R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances, ed. Clark and Timmons, 133–45.

Scull, Christina. “The Influence of Archaeology and History on Tolkien’s Middle-earth,” in Scholarship and Fantasy, ed. Battarbee, 33–52.

Senior, William A. “Oliphaunts in the Perilous Realm: The Function of Internal Wonder in Fantasy,” in Functions of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Thirteenth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, ed. Joe Sanders. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood, 1995, 115–23.

Shippey, Tom A, et al., eds., Leaves from the Tree: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Shorter Fiction. London: Tolkien Society, 1991.

Shippey, Tom A. “Orcs, Wraiths, Wights: Tolkien’s Images of Evil,” in J. R. R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances, ed. Clark and Timmons, 183–98.

Spina, Giorgio. “The Inklings in Italy.” Inklings: Jahrbuch fur Literatur und Asthetik 7 (1989): 83–91.

Tolley, Clive. “Tolkien’s ‘Essay on Man’: A Look at Mythopoeia.” Inklings: Jahrbuchfu/r Literatur und Asthetik 10 (1992): 221–39.

Unwin, Rayner. The Making of  The Lord of the Rings. Oxford: Willem A. Meeuws, 1992.

Webb, Janeen and Irene Oberdorfer. “The Quests for Middle-earth.” Inklings: Jahrbuch fur Literatur und Asthetik 10 (1992): 161–75.

Yates, Jessica. “Tolkien the Anti-Totalitarian,” in Proceedings of the J. R. R. Tolkien Centenary Conference, ed. Reynolds and GoodKnight, 233–45.


From Mythlore and Mallorn


Bartlett, Sally. “Invasion from Eternity: Time and Myth in Middle-earth.” Mythlore 37, 10.3 (1984): 18–22.

Burgess, Michael. “Orome/ and the Wild Hunt: The Development of a Myth.” Mallorn 22(1985): 5–11.

Ellison, John A. “Images of Evil in Tolkien’s World.” Mallorn 38 (2000): 21–29.

Ellison, John A. “An Orc’s-eye View.” Mallorn 39 (2001): 23–29.

Ellison, John A. “ ‘The Legendary War and the Real One’: The Lord of the Rings and the Climate of Its Times.” Mallorn 26 (1989): 17–20.

Ellison, John A. “The Virtual History of Middle-earth.” 37 (1999): 21–27.

Evans, Robley. “Tolkien’s World-Creation: Degenerative Recurrence.” Mythlore 51, 14.1 (1987): 5–8, 47.

Garbowski, Christopher. “The History of Middle-earth: from a Mythology for England to a Recovery of the Real Earth.” Mallorn 37 (1999): 21–27.

Herbert, Kathleen. “ ‘Other Minds and Hands’: An Experiment in Reconstructing ‘The Tale of Valacar and Vidumavi’.” Mallorn 22 (1985): 25–31.

Kamenkovich, Maria. “The Secret War and the End of the First Age: Tolkien in the (Former) U.S.S.R.” Mallorn 29 (1992): 33–38.

Kyrmse, Ronald E. “The Geographical Relation between Beleriand and Eriador.” Mallorn 26 (1989): 25–27.

Lacon, Ruth. “A Pre-History of Hobbits.” Mallorn 36 (1998): 25–27.

Lacon, Ruth. “Notes toward a History of the Easterlings.” Mallorn 32 (1995): 28–35.

Lacon, Ruth. “The Earliest Days of Gondor: An Experiment in Middle-earth Historiography.” Mallorn 30 (1993): 10–13.

Lacon, Ruth. “The Economy and Economic History of Gondor.” Mallorn 31 (1994): 37–44.

Loback, Tom. “Orc Hosts, Armies and Legions: A Demographic Study.” Mythlore 62, 16.4 (1990): 10–16, 26.

Loback, Tom. “The Kindreds, Houses and Population of the Elves during the First Age.” Mythlore 51, 14.1 (1987): 34–38, 56.

Noad, Charles. “A Note on the Geography of the First Age.” Mallorn 27 (1990): 40.

O’Brien, Donald. “The Genesis of Arda.” Mallorn 29 (1992): 44–53.

Reynolds, Patricia. “Looking Forwards from the Tower: The Relationship of the Dark Ages in Northern Europe to Fantasy Literature.” Mythlore 52, 14.2 (1987): 5–10.

Reynolds, Trevor. “Subject Index to The Tolkien Journal.” Mythlore 47, 13.4 (1986): 60–63.

Ryan, J. S. “Cultural Name Association: A Tolkien Example from Gilgamesh.” Mallorn 22 (1985): 21–23.

Ryan, J. S. “Saruman, ‘Sharkey’ and Suruman: Analogous Figures of Eastern Ingenuity and Cunning.” Mythlore 43, 12.1 (1985): 43–44, 57.

Sarjeant, William. “Where Did the Dwarves Come From?” Mythlore 71, 19.1 (1993): 43, 64.

Thomson, George H. “Early Articles, Comments, Et cetera about J. R. R. Tolkien.” Mythlore 49, 13.3 (1987): 58–63.

Turner, Allan. “Legendary and Historical Time in The Lord of the Rings.” Mallorn 39 (2001): 3–6.